National Pre-Law Advisor Listserv
PLANC maintains the National Pre-Law Advisor listerv to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, a venue to provide information and resources related to pre-law advising, and to foster collegiality among pre-law advisors in institutions of higher education, ABA-approved law schools, and PLANC Partner Organizations. The PLANC National Pre-Law Advisors listserv is restricted to individuals employed by colleges and universities serving as pre-law advisors or law school admissions officers, or PLANC Partner Organizations.
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General Law Information
Free resource that provides legal news, commentary, blogs, video, podcasts and an extensive collection of treatises to attorneys, law and pre-law students, law professors and litigants.
- The National Law Journal
Law.com is a single, comprehensive destination for legal information and e-law services on the Web.
- Pre-Law student services
This is a categorized index of more than 4000 select web sites in 238 nations, islands, and territories, as well as more than 850 locally stored web pages and downloadable files, this site was established to serve as a comprehensive resource of the information available on the Internet concerning law and the legal profession, with an emphasis on the United States of America. Designed for everyone, lay persons and legal scholars alike, it is quality controlled to include only the most substantive legal resources online. The selection criteria are predicated on two principles: the extent to which the resource is unique, as well as the relative value of the information it provides.
- General pre-law information
This source provides you with information regarding what to do before beginning to study in law school. The Legal Learning Study Skills Workshop, is devoted to helping you achieve your goals in law school from Carolyn Nygren, author of the Starting off Right in Law School series of books.
- AccessLex Institute
AccessLex Institute provides a wealth of information about financing school and managing debt.
This site will help you find loans, scholarships, military aid, financial aid and applications. It also provides you with a free scholarship search.
- The Wilson-Stern Book of Law School Lists
This is an extensive directory of law school academic programs, areas of emphasis without graduate degrees, joint degree programs, schools that award non-need-based scholarships, schools with evening divisions, study abroad programs, and much other useful information.
- ABA Standard 509 Reports
Standard 509 of the ABA's Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools requires law schools each year to disclose data in 11 categories, covering admissions, tuition and living costs, financial aid, class and faculty demographics, employment outcomes, bar passage and other areas.
Analytix by AccessLex
The data tools provide law school data in an easily accessible format, allowing the legal education community to more readily analyze, research, and compare law schools. The tools utilize publicly available datasets from the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.
- The Boston College Law School Locator
The Boston College Law School Locator lists the 25th to 75th percentile LSAT scores and GPA ranges of first year classes at accredited law schools. This means that half of a law school's entering class scored in the range indicated. The Locator can help you identify schools where your scores and grades are most competitive for admission and help you gauge your chance of admission at a particular school. The chart is useful in evaluating law school choices but cannot determine where you should or should not apply. The law schools are placed in cells on the chart according to their 25th percentile scores.
- The Boston College Law School Range Finder (pdf)
The Range Finder offers a spread sheet of the 25th to 75th percentile range of the LSAT scores and the GPAs for acceped applicants to ABA accredited law schools.
- NAPLA Law School Locator (pdf)
A matrix of the median GPA and LSAT Scores for accepted applicants to ABA accredited law schools.
- Getting Into Law School: A Guide for Pre-Law Students
This guide is published by Admissions Dean and contains articles written with the help of admissions officers (deans) from top law schools across the country. The guide contains information on how to navigate the law school admissions process. This can be used by pre-law advisors to assist in their advising. Equally, it can be given to students as a free resource to answer plaguing questions about the process of applying, and getting accepted, to law school. Articles address various topics such as what to do if you are waitlisted, the appropriate information to include in a resume or letter, or how to interpret particular numbers when researching law schools. The information is invaluable, as it is coming directly from the individuals students are applying to.
- Law School Transparency Score Reports
Law School Transparency, a non-profit legal education policy organization uses employment data, admissions data, and cost data, and organizes schools by where they place graduates in jobs. Limitations to data.
- ABA Legal Education Statistics from ABA-Approved Law Schools
- NALP - The Association for Legal Career Professionals
Information from their web site: NALP, the Association of Legal Career Professionals, is anorganization made up of legal employers and law school career professionals. NALP — its staff, leaders, and members — collectively know a whole lot about the world of lawyer jobs. This portal was designed by NALP volunteers to help prelaw advisors and students in the US learn more about the legal employment market.
- NALP Prelaw Portal
- Research and Statistics
- Truth or Dare: The New Employment Market (October 2012)
- What Do Lawyers Do?
- How Can NALP Resources Help Me Make Good Choices?
- What Questions Should I Ask?
- What is the Timetable for Legal Recruitment?
- Law School Debt and Its Impact on Lawyer Career Pathways (pdf) NALP, 2008.
- NALP Directory of Legal Employers
- Starting Salaries--Class of 2012
Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers, an initiative of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System
- LSAC Bibliography
The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) offers a bibliography of publications, updated yearly, for the pre-law candidate.
- Discover Law
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is dedicated to the idea that the legal profession must reflect the expanding diversity of our society. That's why LSAC developed the DiscoverLaw.org campaign—to encourage racially and ethnically diverse students to discover career opportunities in law and choose a path in undergraduate school to help them succeed. With access to experts, inspiring stories about law school graduates, a list of the most frequently asked questions, and more, DiscoverLaw.org provides students with resources, tips, and tools on how to become a competitive law school applicant. DiscoverLaw.org is being promoted to undergraduate students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds nationwide through online and print advertising. Campuses across the country are encouraged to take advantage of the campaign's many resources and materials.
- CLEO Edge Pre Law Magazine
The CLEO Edge magazine is a publication of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity.
- Equal Justice Works
The goal of Equal Justice Works is to provide law school applicants with an easy-to-use tool, free of charge, that will broaden their knowledge of schools' commitment to public service and help them make more informed choices about which law schools are the best fit for them. Given the level of interest in public service within the advisee population, you may find this Guide to be a valuable research tool to include among those you recommend to all those considering law.
- Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International
P.A.D.'s Pre-Law Program resulted from extensive P.A.D. Sponsored research and surveys which demonstrated that no national organization was effectively addressing the needs of pre-law students. When the results of P.A.D.'s research was presented to law students, attorneys, and judges on the floor of the 1980 P.A.D. International Convention in Hot Springs, Arkansas, it was decided that Phi Alpha Delta would accept the challenge to better equip pre-law students for the rigors of law school and the legal profession. The fundamental objective of P.A.D.'s Pre-Law Program is to assist undergraduate students to make an "informed choice" in selecting law as a career, deciding which law school to attend, and in preparing for the rigors of law school. Phi Alpha Delta remains the only Law Fraternity and the only national legal organization of any kind with a national Pre-Law Program committed to meeting the needs of undergraduate students interested in the law.
- PreLaw magazine
PreLaw Magazine is a National Jurist publication. Information from their website: "The National Jurist and PreLaw magazine are the leading news sources in their markets. National Jurist reaches an estimated 100,000 law students. PreLaw is read by more than 45,000 prospective law students."
- Higher Education and the Handicapped (HEATH)
HEATH is a national resource center for persons with disabilities.
- National Association of Law Students with Disabilities